Jackie Greene: Back to Birth (YepRoc/Southbound)

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Jackie Greene: Where the Downhearted Go
  Jackie Greene: Back to Birth (YepRoc/Southbound)

Here produced by longtime friend Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, this former frontman/guitarist for Phil (Grateful Dead) Lesh's touring band, member of the Black Crowes (for two years before their disillusion a few months ago) and credible country-rock/roots player here delivers his seventh album which has some comfortably familiar reference points (the Band, Tom Petty, Allmans, Crowes of course).

Greene carves out immediately accessible road-song stories, be they reflective, string-enhanced acoustic ballads (A Face Among the Crowd), downhome stoner country (the harmonica-coloured Motorhome), Southern soul-blues (Where the Downhearted Go) and more.

Solid Middle American rock with deep roots . . . but hardly ground-shaking.

As is often the case with artists like Greene, they doubtless come up better live. 

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Mike Rudge - Aug 24, 2015

I have a few of his solo records and while I have enjoyed them the album he completed last year with Joan Osborne as Trigger Hippy is a personal favourite. Well worth checking out for fans of Delaney and Bonnie, tedeschi trucks etc.

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